is a Jewish rite of passage ceremony where a circumcision is performed on the eighth day of the infant's life.
The parents, who arranged this birth intending to raise the child as their own, invite all their family and friends to a brit milah
Brit shalom has a direct biblical basis, appearing in the Torah in a story about Pinchas, a Jewish priest, who is offered the brit shalom as a way to transform himself from committing violence in God's name to practicing peace in God's name, a nice allegory for the transformation of brit milah
into brit shalom.
A passage in the book of Jeremiah further suggests that the priests may have started the traditional brit milah
to curb the practice of child sacrifice:
Yet other aspects of traditional Jewish culture marked the Jews as inescapably different: the mikvah (the ritual public bath), kashrut (the Jewish dietary laws), shehitah (ritual slaughter of animals), and brit milah
Instead of referring to this ceremony as a brit milah
, regardless of the sex of the initiate, it might best be known as a brit.
Iceland, however, is hardly the only European country where Jewish circumcision, or brit milah
, and ritual slaughter, or shechitah, are being attacked.
Please be extremely sensitive to what a strongly held tradition brit milah
is and how it relates to Jewish identity.
Mohel, Rabbi Markovits has performed thousands of Brit Milah
in the Tri-State New York area, Long Island, Connecticut, and the east coast-both on babies and adults alike.
He banned brit milah
(circumcision) and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the Temple.
The effect of the court's ruling can already be felt beyond Germany's borders; copycat bans on brit milah
have emerged in neighboring countries, including Switzerland and Austria.
I won't go into more detail, but the Talmud says that if priah is not performed, the brit milah
is not valid and halakhically the child is considered uncircumcised, even though the vast majority of foreskin has been removed.
More than 250 people attended the brit milah
of Irena's son, David Vadim, including President Moshe Katsav and Chief Rabbi Yisroel Lau.
Referencing the Nazi prohibition on brit milah
, Jewish ritual circumcision, they noted: "It would not be the first time in the long tradition of the Jewish people.
20 BC--50 AD) and Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) knew well that reduced penile sensitivity was not an unfortunate side effect of the brit milah
; rather it was part of the point: to diminish the animalistic sexuality of men.